What’s Good in the Neighborhood: Owen’s Giving Heart


A local Daleville boy is giving the gift of Christmas to many this holiday season.

Five-year-old Owen Ward was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at an early age and has been traveling to Birmingham, Alabama every month for remicade infusions. 

For Owen, he said he is lucky because he gets to come home after every infusion while other children have to remain at the hospital. 

This led his heart to help, and that’s when he learned about the Sugar Plum Shop.

“It’s a program in Children in Birmingham that allows in care patients for kids that can’t go home to get free gifts for Christmas, the holiday season and birthdays,” Owens grandfather Pastor Bill Mansfield said. “Once he found out about that, he said mom I get to go home after my treatments so I want to give to these kids who can’t go home.” 

That heart led to not only his family but churches and others donating gifts for the patients at Children Hospital in Birmingham.  Everything from toys to clothes was purchased for the patients.

Owen made the delivery to the hospital in Birmingham on his sixth birthday along with a check of over $1500 to the Sugar Plum Shop.

This was the first time Owen and his family have done this, but his grandfather said this certainly won’t be the last.

“I suspect this thing will grow exponentially,” Mansfield said.  “Were not gone limit what God wants to do through this young man and if we have to take two tractor trailers up there then that’s what we will do.”

“They’ll see that he has a giving heart and I’m excited to see where he goes as a young man,” Mansfield said.

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